Listen back to WIMS FM 2017
WIMS FM came back from 9 -13 October 2017, with each show anchored by well-known broadcasters and celebrities. Listen back to our podcasts now!
Listen back to WIMS FM 2017
Monday, 9 October
7am-9am 9am-11am 11am-1pm 1pm-3pm 3pm-5pm 5pm-7pm 7pm-9pm Trevor Keegan Shay Byrne Laura Woods and Dustin the Turkey Sinead Lynch and Tommy Martin Alison and Laura Canavan Stephen Byrne Pat O’ Mahony and& Pamela Flood
Tuesday, 10 October
7am-9am 9am-11am 11am-1pm 1pm-3pm 3pm-5pm 5pm-7pm 7pm-9pm Trevor Keegan Shay Byrne and Dr Colman Noctor Laura Woods and Dustin the Turkey Keith Barry and Tommy Martin Aoibheann McCaul Blathnaid Treacy Pat O’ Mahony
Wednesday , 11 October
7am-9am 9am-11am 11am-1pm 1pm-3pm 3pm-5pm 5pm-7pm 7pm-9pm Corina Grant and Rebecca Horan Shay Byrne Alison Spittle and Dustin the Turkey Sinéad Lynch and Brent Pope Nuala Carey and Professor John Crown Fair City's Eric Lalor and Dave O’ Sullivan Pat O’ Mahony and Pamela Flood
Thursday, 12 October
7am-9am 9am-11am 11am-1pm 1pm-3pm 3pm-5pm 5pm-7pm 7pm-9pm Eric Lalor and Dave O’ Sullivan Shay Byrne and Dr Colman Noctor Anna Daly and Simon Delaney Sinéad Lynch, Tamara Nolan and Brent Pope Louise Heraghty Jenny Greene and Kelly Keogh Pat O’ Mahony
Friday, 13 October
7am-9am 9am-11am 11am-1pm 1pm-3pm 3pm-5pm 5pm-7pm 7pm-9pm Ciara Whelan and Jon Slattery Shay Byrne Today FM’s Alison Curtis Sinéad Lynch and Paddy Courtney Diana Bunici James Patrice Pat O’ Mahony and Dr Malie Coyne
Monday, 10 October
For our first day back on air, Chief Executive Officer of St Patrick's Mental Health Services, Paul Gilligan, told us why WIMS FM is going to be even bigger and better in its fifth year on air!
Sister act Alison and Laura Canavan met golden-age big band jazz in the form of The Swing Cats, while sports star David Gillick explains the one mental health trick that helped him become a success in the sporting world.
Plus, who do we have on the line? RTÉ's Joe Duffy talked about how he keeps happy, plus live music from the legend that is Mary Coughlan.
Not forgetting some of the amazing presenters who played the best in upbeat music, classic soul and, of course, lots of pop: Two Tubes’s Stephen Byrne, award-winning blogger, producer and fashionista Pat O’ Mahony, the ever stylish Pamela Flood, plus RTÉ's Trevor Keegan and Shay Byrne, TV3’s Tommy Martin, and our feathered friend, Dustin the Turkey, with his trusty and beautiful side-kick Laura Woods!
Tuesday, 10 October
On World Mental Health Day 2017, Vogue Williams explained why the gym is the only fix for her anxiety; we heard about the latest dance therapy hitting Irish shores; we enjoyed live music from Picture House; and we heard why summer blockbusters bombed in the cinema – could it be down to mental health?
Rugby star Jenny Murphy talked about holding the ball in a man’s world, while former professional footballer Kevin Kilbane shared his own mental health journey.
We got creative with Irish jewellery designer Chupi, got mindful in the woods with author Hugh O’Donovan, and got personal with Ronan Keating’s big sis Linda, who dropped by to share a charity idea close to her heart.
We even let Dustin the Turkey back to flap some more feathers!
PLUS, it’s a kinda magic… Keith Barry took to the mic for a Walk in My Shoes first!
Wednesday, 11 October
The turkey was back and, this time, he brought a comedy chick! Dustin was all in a flap over his co-host, comedian Alison Spittle. Not only did they chat about her newest comedy show on RTÉ but fellow comedians Davey Reilly and Kevin McGahern shared a few laughs too!
Brent Pope found out about good mood food and how social media is the last thing on one 18-year-old girl’s mind.
Weather presenter Nuala Carey forecast great things for her show when she chatted to famous chef Richie Wilson, followed by an interview with the bald priestess.
Fair City boys Eric Lalor and Dave O’Sullivan joined us in the hot seat too, while there was live music, live fashion and even live doggies in studio as well!
Thursday, 12 October
Eric Lalor and Dave O'Sullivan were back at the crack of dawn to wake us up laughing.
Then, the actor who starred in The Good Wife was behind the mic with his lovely on-screen wife, Anna Daly – it’s only the magnanimous Simon Delaney from Saturday AM on TV3! They chatted with Aussie comedian Damian Clarke about why he loves Ireland; Odlums' lady Catherine Leydon shared her secret recipes for happiness; and a young man who penned his own personal song about depression sang it live in studio.
We're never afraid to talk about mental health on WIMS FM, so we found out about cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) for anxiety, tips for panic attacks, and even why art therapy is more than just colours on a page.
Jenny Greene and her wife Kelly Keogh partnered up on air with a great mix of music, mental health stories and much, much more, while Louise Heraghty, Shay Byrne and Pat O'Mahony all returned for more upbeat shows.
Friday, 12 October
On the last day of WIMS FM 2017, we signed off the airwaves in style!
We woke up to more celebrity voices when the married couple who travel together for TV shows worked together as DJs for a day!
Today FM's Alison Curtis brought her Canadian twang to WIMS FM and she had a brilliant line-up, from anxiety with Caroline Foran to the power of now with a mindfulness guru. How 'a-boot' that, eh?
Actor Paddy Courtney chatted with a female movie director who is making waves in Hollywood. And the lovely Louise Lennox shared her happiest recipes, plus we met the muscle man who has a big heart as he shared his mental health journey.
Then, she was the young people's presenter on RTÉ who fell for a Kodaline frontman - Diana Bunici lended us her Moldovian tones for the afternoon when she talked to Rick O'Shea about books - including her own, The Pursuit of Awesome.
Following that, the Snapchat star who won Celebrity Operation Transformation, James Patrice, was on air for all the 'Mauras and Dymphnas' listening to WIMS FM.
And don't miss the great collection of guests, live bands and amazing stories that rounded off a fantastic week on WIMS FM You never know, we might have sneaked in just one more BIG celebrity guest!
WIMS FM Presenters
Alison Curtis is presenter and producer of Weekend Breakfast on Today FM Saturdays from 8am and Sundays from 7am
She moved from Canada in 1999 and landed soon after onto the then very new Ian Dempsey Breakfast Show. She worked as a researcher until 2002 when she became the producer of the show and remained there until 2008. During that time, Alison started presenting the successful indie music show The Last Splash which earned her four nominations for Best DJ at the Meteor Music Awards. In 2008, Alison become a full-time presenter for the station. She currently appears on TV3 and writes for mummypages.ie.
Alison Canavan is an award-winning author of wellness book Minding Mum, a health and wellness coach, NLP Practitioner, daily meditator and motivational speaker.
Helping people to join the dots with their health and wellbeing is Alison’s primary goal and passion which led her to create her new show The Full 360, the first show of its kind that looks at connecting all aspects of wellbeing.
She spoke at the Mindful Life Conference in Washington in April 2017 and is currently studying mindfulness at UCLA in America. She writes a very popular weekly wellness column called ‘NIRVANA’ in the Sunday Independent and a column in Positive Life Magazine. Check out www.becomplete.ie and www.alisoncanavan.com for more details
Anna Daly is a TV presenter and anchors the national breakfast shows, Saturday AM and Sunday AM on TV3. Anna is the Mum of 3 little boys, a columnist and a brand ambassador for various brands including Mothercare and Seat cars.
Aoibheann McCaul is an actor, best known for her roles as Caoimhe Dillon in Fair City and Ciara in comedy mockumentary Hardy Bucks, and has appeared on stages across Dublin, and as far as California. Aoibheann is a radio rookie, but has enjoyed presenting a number of shows on LMFM, and can’t wait to get involved with WIMS FM!
Alison is an award-winning writer and comedian. Her RTÉ Comedy Bites series of sketches were very well received. She has her own chat show style podcast, The Alison Spittle Show, with guests such as Aidan Power and Kevin McGahern. She has performed at numerous festivals including the Vodafone Comedy Festival at the Iveagh Gardens, Body and Soul, Electric Picnic and Kilkenny Cat Laughs. Alison is a columnist for headstuff.org and formerly the University Observer. She performed at the Mountains to Sea Festival, Dun Laoghaire for the RTE Book Show.
Bláthnaid Treacy has been a regular on RTE for several years now, hosting entertainment shows such as Two Tube, the Electric Picnic Show, the RTE Choice Music Prize and the behind the scenes series of Dancing With The Stars; Can’t Stop Dancing. You can also hear her on Friday nights on RTE 2FM counting down the top 30 songs on the National Chart Show.
Corina Grant-Doyle has been in the fashion industry for over 20 years. Now she is a makeup artist as well as a TV stylist, columnist and Transition Year tutor. Along with Rebecca Horan, the two girls work together on their blog rebeccaandcorina.com and run Transition Year workshops for teenage girls dealing with all aspects of life from life skills to fears to body image.
Ciaran Whelan and Jon Slattery
Seen on our TV screens, most recently presenting segments for BBC’s The One Show, Ciara Whelan and Jon Slattery are best known for galavanting around the world on TV3's The Holiday Show. This presenting duo are also a real-life couple and, when they’re not traveling the globe, or running their production company, they can be found at home in County Kildare, where Jon is well and truly outnumbered with daughters Bo and Edie, and all four female cats!
Dr Colman Noctor
Dr Colman Noctor is a Child and Adolescent Psychotherapist with over 20 years of experience working with children with mental health difficulties. Colman completed his Doctoral research looking at the impact of technology on mental health and is the best selling author of Cop On, which is a parenting book for a technological age. Colman is a regular contributor to print media and featured on the television documentaries ‘We need to talk about porn’ and ‘Making Ireland Click’.
Dustin the Turkey
For over 25 years, Dustin has being firmly ensconced in the Irish entertainment landscape as the nation’s favourite chancer. Dustin first appeared on RTÉ's The Den with a level of success far beyond that of any of any other TV character. Dustin has reaped rewards that are usually reserved for major rock stars with eleven chart topping singles and albums, countless sold out live shows, merchandise and massive TV ratings. Dustin also represented Ireland at the 2008 Eurovision in Serbia. A long campaigner for charities in 2010 Dustin was made an official UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador. In his time Dustin has been an usual political figure, out-polling official candidates in two presidential elections(Dustin still hopes one day to bring the DART to Dingle).
Eric is a regular act at the prestigious Kilkenny Cat Laughs Festival, as well as playing the Electric Picnic, Galway Comedy Festival, Edinburgh Fringe, Portlaoise Halloween Howls and Iveagh Gardens Festivals as well as being invited to perform at the very first ever London Irish Comedy Festival in Oct 2012. In 2008, Eric wrote and performed his first solo show, The Lalorpalooza Show, which earned him rave reviews and a sold-out night at Axis Ballymun. In 200,9 he embarked upon his first nationwide tour with fellow comedian Andrew Stanley. He also toured with his second solo show, Here! No Evil, which again was met with great reviews, before teaming up with Gearóid Farrelly for The Chalk and Cheese Tour and being the warm up act for live TV including The Late Late Show and Deal or No Deal. More recently, he has come to the attention of TV producers as an actor and played Cathal Spillane in Fair City. He won the Best Actor Award in the 2017 London Ealing Festival for his role in In The Valley of the Moon. Eric is a regular contributor to Joe.ie.
Jenny Greene, one of Ireland’s most successful DJs, presents the Electric Disco Tour, the most in-demand club booking in the country. Jenny started djing very early in life, getting her first set of decks at the age of 12. She learned her craft on vinyl and hanging around dance pirate radio station Pulse FM after school. Her first big break came at the age of 15 as the warm up DJ in The Palace nightclub in Dublin on Saturday nights. Then, at 17, Jenny was given her own weekly dance column in The Sunday World newspaper. That same year, she became the youngest DJ on radio, landing the Weekend Breakfast Show on Dublin station FM104. In 2003, Jenny earned herself a place in The Guinness Book Of Records when she broke the world record for the longest DJ set, playing continuously for 75 hours. Jenny made the move to the national broadcaster, RTÉ 2FM, in 2007. She presents one of the biggest dance shows in the country The Electric Disco on Saturday nights from 8-10pm. In 2009, Jenny released the hugely successful The Electric Disco compilation album through EMI records. In 2011, The Electric Disco picked up the Best Radio Show award at the Irish Dance Music Awards in Dublin. In September 2016, Jenny teamed up with the RTÉ Concert Orchestra for what turned out to be one of the most talked about gigs at Electric Picnic. Such was the demand following the festival they went on to play two sold-out headline shows across the country.
Dublin-born RTÉ Weather and National Lottery presenter, Nuala Carey, is delighted to be joining the team for the second consecutive year to support WIMS. It’s been a busy year for her since last September, co – presenting some ‘Winning Streak’ programmes with Marty Whelan and co–hosting the Today Show with Daithi O’ Se. After graduating from Univesity College Dublin with a BA in English and Sociology, her initial job in the media was presenting traffic reports for AA Roadwatch on RTE’s Radio 1, so she is really looking forward to returning to this medium and sharing the microphone with some great guests. Nuala is relishing the chance to take on the challenge of co–hosting two hours of live radio ,and her plan is to bring some afternoon ‘sunshine’ to WIMS.
She would encourage people to get in touch with the show (but apologises in advance that she cannot give you next week’s Lotto numbers or forecast better weather). Nuala promises to play lots of uplifting music and hopes you will enjoy listening to the programme, mindful that the objective of WIMS FM is to create awareness around mental health issues.
Laura Canavan-Hayes is a writer and actress, who lives in Dublin with her husband and little son. She is currently developing several TV series, having started out writing for theatre, and is excited to be creating some edgy, female-led drama at the moment. Laura is delighted to be back co-hosting a show with her sister, Alison, in what is always a dynamic, fascinating and thought-provoking week of radio for the brilliant and hugely important charity Walk In My Shoes.
Laura Woods is part of the presenting team at weekends on SaturdayAM and SundayAM. She has also presented IrelandAM for TV3 and Renovation Nation. She has been with TV3 for five years and, previously, she was with RTÉ for 11 years, presenting a wide selection of programmes: The World Poker Championships, The Trump Card, Big Money Game, Winning Streak, National Lotter Draws, Festival of World Cultures, and many more. She also contributed to Will Leahy’s show on RTÉ 2FM for five years. As a graduate of Sociology and French at Trinity College, she was delighted to be a student on the first ever year of the postgraduate Diploma course in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), which was run by Trinity and St Patrick’s University Hospital.
Shay Byrne is the well-known host RTÉ Radio 1’s Rising Time. He has been the voice of RTÉ’s Winning Streak for the last seven years and is also Radio 1’s Eurovision commentator! Shay is married with three young children. Over the years in his role as a reporter and presenter, he has covered many issues relating to parenting and mental health and will this year take on the annual Paris2Nice cycle in aid of various charities.
Dr Sinéad Lynch
Dr Sinéad Lynch is a Counselling Psychologist and qualified psychotherapist working in south Dublin. With a passion for positive mental health, Sinéad graduated from Trinity College Dublin with a Doctorate in Counselling Psychology. She also has a H.Dip in Counselling and Psychotherapy from Dublin City University, a BA in Psychology from University College Dublin and an MSc from Dublin Institute of Technology. Sinéad produced a documentary for RTÉ on mindfulness with director Birthe Tonseth called The Walk Of Life. This was part of the ‘Would You Believe’ series and was kindly coordinated by Linda Keating from the Marie Keating Foundation, with whom Sinéad regularly contributes her time. In her ‘spare’ time you can see Sinéad on TV3′s Saturday AM and Sunday AM, discussing mental health topics such as anxiety, happiness and mindfulness. Sinead is producing WIMS FM this year and has been involved since its inception five years ago. She is looking forward to also co-presenting this year with Tommy Martin, Brent Pope and Paddy Courtney.
Rebecca works as a Digital Presenter and Content Editor for the Daily Mail’s newest offering – a news, sport and entertainment site called Extra.ie. For ten years, she worked in radio as a broadcast hournalist with Newstalk, TodayFM, RTE and 98FM, and also contributed to many TV panel show and up until last year presented my own TV show on Irish TV.
TTTTommy Martin works as the presenter on TV3’s Champions League football as well as being one of the presenters on Saturday AM and Sunday AM. He is also a columnist for the sports website the42.ie.
Trevor Keegan has worked in various roles in TV and radio over the last 20 years. He was formerly a presenter and showbiz correspondent for the Afternoon Show on RTÉ One from 2004-2009. He has also produced a number of high-profile shows, such as the documentary From Boom to Maternity and Vogue Does Home and Away, and he was a casting producer on the reality series Connected. His most recent work, We Won the Lotto, looks back at 30 years of the National Lottery in Ireland and meets winners who went public to find out how their wins impacted their lives afterwards. Trevor is also currently undertaking a Masters degree in TV and Radio journalism.
Stephen Byrne is an Irish vlogger and television personality. He currently presents TwoTube on RTÉ Two and Weekenders on RTÉ 2fm.
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